Nadia Islam, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at the NYU School of Medicine and specializes in community based participatory methods and cardiovascular health disparities research within Asian American and immigrant communities. She is also the Deputy Director the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH), a NIH-funded P60 National Research Center of Excellence dedicated to reducing health disparities facing Asian American communities, and Research Director of the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center.  In her role, she is responsible for research and grants development, as well as the dissemination of research findings in the areas of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and access to healthcare disparities.  She serves as the principal investigator on several NIH- and CDC-funded initiatives evaluating the impact of community health worker intervention on chronic disease management and prevention in diverse populations. Dr. Islam’s work has been featured in the American Journal of Public Health, Diabetes Care, and numerous other peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Islam is a medical sociologist with a doctorate in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.  She currently serves on the American Diabetes Association Taskforce on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders.  Dr. Islam previously served on the board of the Public Health Association of New York and was the Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the American Public Health Association from.  Dr. Islam is co-editor with Drs. Trinh Shevrin and Rey of Asian American Communities and Health (Jossey Bass Publishers, 2009).